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Diagram of common elements of warship armor. The torpedo bulkhead is the line denoted by "D".

A torpedo bulkhead is a type of armor common on the more heavily armored warships, especially battleships and battlecruisers of the early 20th century. It is designed to keep the ship afloat even if the main belt armor were to be penetrated by a torpedo. After the lessons learned during World War I, many capital ships were refitted with double, triple, or even quadruple torpedo bulkheads, as well as torpedo bulges to the exterior of the hull.[1] For example, the last US battleship designs during World War II had up to four torpedo bulkheads and a triple-bottom.[1]


  1. ^ a b Gillmer and Johnson, p.185


  • Gillmer, Charles; Johnson, Bruce (1982). Introduction to Naval Architecture. Annapolis: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 0870213180.  


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